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Getting Down to the Cores of Server 2016

What Licensing Changes Mean for You

by Brendan Randall | 11.03.16

Windows Server 2016 has been the most anticipated Microsoft release this year. However, rather than focusing on the latest and greatest features being added to the new version of the operating system, a lot of anticipation has been around the major licensing model changes. With Microsoft announcing early in the year that Windows Server 2016 would be moving to a core-based model, it raised a lot of questions. How will this new model work exactly? How will it affect my organization’s data center plans moving forward? What is the recommended approach to these changes

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Microsoft

What’s New in Windows Server 2016

Advances You Can’t Get Anywhere Else

by Melissa Curtis | 11.01.16

With Windows Server 2012, there wasn’t much that distinguished Windows Server Standard and Windows Server Datacenter beyond the licensing details. Microsoft really decided to shake things up and introduce new features that would change that with their release of Windows Server 2016.

Tags:AzureData CenterMicrosoftMicrosoft WindowsNano ServersPassportPasswordsSoftwareSoftware AssuranceWindows ServerWindows Server 2012Windows Server 2012 DatacenterWindows Server 2012 R2Windows Server 2012 StandardWindows Server Enterprise

Azure Only Server and Cloud Enrollment (SCE) Changes

Understanding Microsoft’s Latest Licensing Developments

by Jared Bisbano | 08.18.16

Server and Cloud Enrollment (SCE) is a licensing vehicle under the Enterprise Agreement that enables organizations to standardize on one or more Microsoft server and cloud technologies. To enroll in SCE, you will make an installed base commitment to one or more components. This means committing to full Software Assurance coverage across the installed base of an SCE component. Products available under SCE include Windows Server and System Center, SQL Server, SharePoint Server and BizTalk Server, Visual Studio, and Azure.

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SQL

Free SQL Server 2016 Licenses!

Sort Of—Get the Full Story

by Jared Bisbano | 04.21.16

As part of the SQL Server 2016 launch event, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced a commercial database promotion that provides customers with free licenses if you are running a competitor’s platform (Oracle, Sybase, SAP Hana). The offer ends on June 30, 2016; however, free is never free. In order to qualify, there is a laundry list of criteria that a company must meet in order to get these licenses. Read on to learn what you can do to qualify for these licenses.

Tags:EnterpriseEnterprise AgreementMicrosoftServersSoftware AssuranceSQLSQL ServerSQL Server 2016

Roaming Rights, Windows VDA, and You

Key Changes to Virtual Desktop Access Licensing

by Melissa Curtis | 04.19.16

For years now, Microsoft has offered virtual desktop access (VDA) through Software Assurance. Soon, this feature will no longer be available.

If you’re like me, sometimes it feels as if life revolves around Microsoft licensing. I love digging into the details—and one thing that I was slightly surprised to see in Microsoft’s product terms was that roaming rights were retired for Windows Enterprise and Windows VDA. You may ask, “What does this mean?” Well, it means that you may have to change the way that you license your environment.

Tags:CloudMicrosoftSoftware AssuranceVirtual Desktop AccessWindows Server Enterprise

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